Richard Clarke

Performer
Richard Clarke

Male

Born: January 31, 1933
ENGLAND

Died: January 7, 2005

Richard Clarke, the dignified-looking British character actor with a score of Broadway credits, died on Jan. 7, 2005, of colon cancer, according to friend and colleague, playwright Jeff Whitty. He was 70. Mr. Clarke was born in England, but spent much of his career on the New York stage. His first Broadway credit was Jean Kerr's Poor Richard in 1964, in which he understudied lead Alan Bates. His most recent was 1999's Lincoln Center Theater revival of Ring Round the Moon, in which he played "Joshua, a crumbling butler."

Obituary: Owning to his elegant mein and neatly trimmed moustache, Mr. Clarke often found himself playing a butler, detective or head waiter in such projects as David Hare's Racing Demon and Six Degrees of Separation at Lincoln Center—a frequent employer—and "Meet Joe Black" on the big screen. One of his more prominent credits was the original Broadway staging of The Elephant Man, in which he played Carr Gomm. He duplicated the performance in a 1982 television movie.

Other Broadway credits include Saint Joan, Tiger at the Gates, Cyrano de Bergerac, Conduct Unbecoming, Hay Fever, Breaking the Code, The Devil's Disciple, Two Shakespearean Actors, Arcadia, Taking Sides and The Judas Kiss.

His film credits included "Midnight Cowboy" and "John and Mary." In the 1990 miniseries "The Kennedys of Massachusetts," he played British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, whom he rather resembled.

One of his last jobs was in Whitty's play The Hiding Place in January 2004. "Richard was utterly wonderful to work with—feisty and hilarious," Whitty remembered. "And he was immensely brave—he was nearly blind when he performed in the show, and nobody in the audience ever suspected. His performance was beautifully tuned, sensitive and funny funny funny. Most of the cast was in their twenties and thirties, and he matched them in energy and dedication."

 

Roles

Playbill Cover - Ring Round the Moon Ring Round the Moon
Apr. 28, 1999 - Jun. 27, 1999
Joshua Performer
(Original)
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Playbill Cover - The Judas Kiss The Judas Kiss
Apr. 29, 1998 - Aug. 2, 1998
Sandy Moffatt Performer
(Original)
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Playbill Cover - Taking Sides Taking Sides
Oct. 17, 1996 - Dec. 29, 1996
Wilhelm Furtwängler Standby
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Racing Demon Racing Demon
Nov. 20, 1995 - Dec. 31, 1995
The Rt. Rev. Charlie Allen Understudy
(Original)
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    Head Waiter Performer
(Original)
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    Server Performer
(Original)
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    The Rev. Harry Henderson Understudy
(Original)
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Playbill Cover - Arcadia Arcadia
Mar. 31, 1995 - Aug. 27, 1995
Jellaby Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Two Shakespearean Actors Two Shakespearean Actors
Jan. 16, 1992 - Feb. 9, 1992
Mr. Blakely Performer
(Original)
 
    Frederick Wemyss Understudy
(Original)
 
    Washington Irving Understudy
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Six Degrees of Separation Six Degrees of Separation
Nov. 8, 1990 - Jan. 5, 1992
Detective Understudy
(Replacement)
 
    Geoffrey Understudy
(Replacement)
 
Playbill Cover - The Devil's Disciple The Devil's Disciple
Nov. 13, 1988 - Feb. 19, 1989
Lawyer Hawkins Performer
(Original)
 
    General Burgoyne Understudy
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Breaking the Code Breaking the Code
Nov. 15, 1987 - Apr. 10, 1988
John Smith Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Hay Fever Hay Fever
Dec. 12, 1985 - Mar. 29, 1986
David Bliss Understudy
(Original)
 
    Richard Greatham Understudy
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The Elephant Man The Elephant Man
Apr. 19, 1979 - Jun. 28, 1981
Conductor Performer
(Original)
 
    Carr Gomm Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Conduct Unbecoming Conduct Unbecoming
Oct. 12, 1970 - Feb. 14, 1971
Lt. Frank Hart Performer
(Original)
 
    Capt. Rupert Harper Understudy
(Original)
 
Cyrano de Bergerac
Apr. 25, 1968 - Jun. 8, 1968
Marquis de Tremblay Performer
(Original)
 
Tiger at the Gates
Feb. 29, 1968 - Apr. 6, 1968
Busiris Performer
(Original)
 
    Paris Understudy
(Original)
 
Saint Joan
Jan. 4, 1968 - Feb. 10, 1968
Gilles de Rais Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Poor Richard Poor Richard
Dec. 2, 1964 - Mar. 13, 1965
Richard Ford Understudy
(Original)
 
 

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